Crawley manager Steve Evans admitted to "shedding a tear" when striker Matt Tubbs sealed his permanent move to Bournemouth.
Evans tried right up until the final minutes to try and persuade Tubbs to stay, but the player's mind was made up to join his hometown club.
Evans told Crawlwy's official website: "I suppose I knew deep down for a couple of months that it would be very hard to keep hold of Tubbsy in the transfer window, but it wasn't until a few minutes before he signed his forms did I know for certain.
"We've rejected numerous offers for him, but he was at the stage where he wanted to move on and collect the rewards that go with a move.
"I tried in vain to keep him, even speaking to him minutes before he signed, but it wasn't to be. I don't mind admitting that we both shed a tear and acknowledged we would like to work with each other again in the future."